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Timeline of Modern Georgian History
With a recorded history that dates back more than 2,500 years, Georgia was incorporated into the Russian empire at the beginning of the 19th century. Read a chronology of key events in Georgian history over the past two centuries.
Mikheil Saakashvili’s Influence on Georgia
Mikheil Saakashvili has guided Georgia in its efforts to strengthen ties with Western countries. Read more about the Georgian president’s remarkable rise and leadership in the former Soviet republic.
Georgia’s Separatist Regions
President Saakashvili has vowed to bring two Russian-backed separatist regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, back into Georgia’s fold—a goal he calls the most important of his life. Read more about Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Georgia’s Growth in Government Transparency
President Saakashvili has aggressively sought to attract Western investment in his country by boosting government transparency, cracking down on corruption, and slashing red tape for businesses. Georgia ranked number 68 in Transparency International’s 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index, just below Italy and just above Brazil (up from number 133 in 2004, the year he took office). The World Bank Group, meanwhile, ranked Georgia twelfth in the world in its global Ease of Doing Business survey for 2011.
Georgia’s Relationships with Western Institutions
Since taking office, Saakashvili has pushed for Georgia’s integration into Western institutions, such as NATO and the European Union, and has made the country a loyal ally of the United States.